Pourquoi Pas? Autumn/Winter 2007 Issue One and Spring/Summer 2008 Issue Two
Editor: David Downton has established a reputation as one of the world’s leading fashion artists. His classically elegant, yet highly contemporary images have been a key factor in the revival of interest in the tradition of fashion illustration.
Publisher/Date: UK: Brighton: PQP (c. 2007, Issue One) (c. 2008, Issue Two)
Format/Condition: Two used oversized paperback books: Issue 1 in Very Good condition: light edgewear; Issue 2 in Near Fine condition. Binding good; textblock strong; pages clean and unmarked. 72 pages (Issue 1); 76 pages (Issue 2) Illustrated in color with some in black-and-white. Dimensions: 9 1/4 x 13 inches.
Description: Pourquoi Pas? is the only international periodical dedicated to fashion illustration. The first issue of this unique magazine is scarce and hard-to-find. It features an analysis of the enduring appeal of 'Gazette du Bon Ton'; portfolios by Richard Gray, Sarah Mower, and Jason Brooks; In Memoriam tributes to three incomparable illustrators - Joe Eula, Muriel Pemberton, and Colin Barnes. Another feature is the interview with Carmen Dell’ Orefice, legendary fashion model, who worked with great illustrators and art directors of the 1940s and 1950s as well as the photographers of that era.
Edited by one of Europe’s leading fashion artists, David Downton, Pourquoi Pas? has 76 ad-free pages and is printed on heavyweight uncoated stock in a limited edition of 1500. It’s aim? To celebrate drawing in our digital, disposable, point and shoot world.
David Downton is a prolific fashion illustrator based in London. Over the last two decades he has worked commercially for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Chanel and Burberry. His commercial client list includes: Chanel, Dior, Tiffany & Co., Topshop, Joyce Hong Kong, Harrods, Estée Lauder and the V&A Museum. Through a series of portraits, he has aptly captured the spirit of some of the most fascinating woman within the fashion industry such as Paloma Picasso, Catherine Deneuve, Erin O’Connor, Iman, Linda Evangelista, Rachel Weisz, Cate Blanchett, Dita Von Teese,and Daphne Guinness. Downton’s portrayal of his subjects, through his artful elegance and his seemingly effortless brushwork, has established him as the one of the greatest artists in the field of fashion illustration.